Authorities such as Worthing Borough Council have pledged to work towards carbon neutrality by 2030.
One of the main challenges is to decarbonise heating for council buildings as this is responsible for 42 per cent of its annual carbon footprint.
It is exploring the possibility of a heat network, sometimes called district heating, which involves a distribution system of insulated pipes that takes heat from a central source to a number of different buildings.
The council has secured £93,400 of Government funding to carry out initial feasibility and study work around the possibility of a heat network for the Worthing Civic Quarter.
Consultants will explore opportunities to expand a heat network anchored at the civic quarter out into the surrounding area.
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